[Request for Reconsideration of Dismissal of Protest Under Army RFP]

B-222464.2: May 6, 1986

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A firm requested reconsideration of the dismissal of its protest against any award under an Army solicitation for antitank mine electronic assemblies, contending that: (1) the Army included defective technical data in the solicitation; and (2) it could not have protested before bid opening because it was investigating the extent of the solicitation's deficiencies. GAO noted that the protester: (1) knew that there were technical problems in the solicitation before the initial proposals were due; and (2) did not protest the Army's refusal to extend the proposal due date to accommodate its investigation. GAO held that protests based on solicitation improprieties must be filed before the proposal due date so that the contracting agency or GAO can make a decision without disruption to the procurement. Accordingly, the original decision was affirmed.

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